Driving Simulator Online Education Resources
Want to test how distractions affect your driving ability? These companies and organizations have created these amazing resources and have made them available online for free. They are great education tools for organizations like ours as well as schools and even businesses.
Click the Driving Simulator links below to begin:
Texting While Driving Simulator by AT&T It Can Wait Campaign
This is one of the newest online simulators available as a free education resource. AT&T’s Texting While Driving Simulator requires the user to sync the simulator to their own phone in order to respond to the simulator prompts. The simulation involves using your keyboard to accelerate, slow down, turn left and right and is coupled with impressive graphics, providing an incredibly realistic experience. It took less than 60 seconds for me to discover why I never text while driving…a completely humiliating experience that begs the question, “How the heck do people actually try to do this while driving on our roads?”
When you take your eyes off the road or are distracted from the primary task of driving, how much are you missing? Use this interactive driving scenario simulator to find out.
Simulation Variables include: Environment, Road Conditions, Speed, Distraction & Duration. There is also a superb education section with many topics including: Statistics, Distractions, Crash Odds, Urban & Rural Hazards, Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving & Distracted Driving Laws in Canada.
Gauging Your Distraction by The New York Times
The New York Times has an eye-opening series about distracted driving. “Through articles, videos and interactive features, The Times has examined the risks of talking and texting behind the wheel. The series also explores the extent of the problem, its origins, and the pressures people feel to stay connected while driving. And the series shows the political, regulatory and scientific dimensions of an issue that has prompted conversations and action across the country, from the Oval Office and statehouses to corporate boardrooms and kitchen tables.”
To access their entire series, visit The New York Times Driven to Distraction Series.
Head’s Up by Toyota & Discovery Education
Toyota USA has teamed up with Discovery Education to create Toyota Teen Driver. Try out their online driving simulator, Head’s Up and see how well you can drive while dealing with distractions.
This simulator requires the operator to not only read and respond to text messages, but they must also manage other common distractions while driving.